Gaming our way into a brighter future

Jane McGonigal thinks that gaming is going to help us save the planet – and I think she’s right. “Instead of providing gamers with better and more immersive alternatives to reality, I want all of us to be become responsible for providing the world...

Frog Designs – Emergency Shelters that make Sense

I am on the look-out for things that I think are smart. This is one of those things. I came across this design by FROG in Austin Texas for the EXO emergency shelter. It seems to me that this would make an excellent addition to our tool kit for dealing with emergencies...

BrightBuilt Barn – Maine

I was at Gasoline Alley Foundation last Friday night with John Rooks (the SOAP Group) and Joe Sibilia at a talk about “Zombie Consumerism“. The conversation was fun to listen to and included a fantastic cultural analysis about how zombie movies are really...

Bringing Agency Back to Architecture

Joshua Prince-Ramus – Creation and Execution – bringing social agency and cultural formation back into the architectural process. He suggests a process for design that makes a lot of sense to me. Issue: What is the problem to be solved? What are the...

Putting Ourselves in Perspective

This is called the ‘most important image ever taken by man’. It is also known as the ‘deep field’. It is an image taken of a BLANK section of the sky by the Hubble Deep Space Telescope. Based on the probabilities inherent in the equation that...